And I’m finally mostly over being sick. You never realize just how much you are thankful that you can breathe through your nose or take a couple breaths without coughing until that’s exactly the opposite of how you’re doing. Ah well. While I groove along to The Guess Who (because why not?), let’s get you some gaming reviews.
This week, we’ve got: 51st State Master Set, Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle: The Monster Box of Monsters, Arkon, Pockety Odyssey, Noises at Night, Siege Storm, Rambo: the Board Game, Hardback, Voodoo, Palette Swap, Vast: The Crystal Caverns, Pryamids, Kingsburg (2nd Edition), Crossfire, Through the Desert (Euro Classics Edition), Nemesis, Bad Squiddo Games Onna-bugeisha, and Test of Honour: Ninjas of Iga Warband.
Do you know what nemesis means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent, personified in this case by a ‘orrible bear, me.
Or, in this particular instance, Nemesis means a new semi-cooperative sci-fi board game that’s tearing up the funding over on Kickstarter. Take on the role of a crew member looking to survive horrific aliens while also trying to complete your own, secret goal that may not jive with what your other crew members are trying to do.
It’s Saturday. And not just any type of Saturday, but Saturday of a 3-day weekend. I can’t think of a much better sort of Saturday… Well, maybe Saturday of Gen Con. But that’s a pretty damn busy Saturday. But for “above average” Saturdays, I’d say that 3-day weekend Saturday is a pretty good Saturday. Do you think I’ve typed the word “Saturday” enough by now? Well, I don’t know what you’ve got going on today, but I’m going to be delivering games to a friend, and then possibly having minis delivered to me. Because it’s an awesome Saturday. I’m also here to show off some reviews for you.
This week we have: Nemesis, Everdell, Fox in the Forest, Hamsterrolle, Codenames: Disney, Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Project, 878: Vikings, Kepler-3042, Okey Dokey, Santorini, Finished!, Ex Libris, and Hunger: The Show.
*holds hands out in front of me* Aliens…
Lords of Hellas takes a look at what it would have been like if the Ancient Greeks weren’t talking about gods and demi-gods in their stories, but extraterrestrial beings, fighting against one-another and doing heroic deeds.
Man, I really want to get Giorgio Tsoukalos’ autograph.
Anyway, the game is up on Kickstarter now.
Well, it’s almost like the week is getting back on schedule, even though it’s Saturday. I woke up. I got groceries. I’m now typing up the Review Roundup in my living room while listening to music and contemplating the rest of my day. Sort of nice to get things back to how they should be. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit. Anyway, as it’s Saturday, it’s time to get you those review articles I know you all so desperately desire. So let’s get to it.
Today we have: Knot Dice Deluxe, Via Nebula, Lords of Hellas, 12 Realms: Dungeonland, 1754 Conquest: The French and Indian War, Star Realms: Colony Wars and United Expansions, Tournament of Towers, Manhattan Project: Energy Empire, Tesla vs. Edison: Duel, Balloon Pop, Terra Mystica App, Star Trek Panic, Sagrada, Yokohama, Ravage: Dungeons of Plunder, and EXIT: The Game – The Secret Lab.
The Edge: Downfall is not a new documentary about the waning fame of U2. No, it’s a new board game by Awaken Realms that’s up on Kickstarter. Choose one of the six factions and compete on two different levels: the conflict board and the campaign map.
Seems we’re getting a lot of popular video game titles coming over as tabletop games lately. There’s Bloodborne and Dark Souls. Now there’s This War of Mine. For those that might not have played This War of Mine (such as myself, since I’m not really a video game guy), just think if, one day, you woke up and found that a war was raging all around your city. You’re not a soldier (probably), but now you’ve gotta deal with surviving in a war zone.
Awaken Realms is running a Kickstarter campaign for The Edge, their new post-apocalyptic steampunk miniatures skirmish game. They’ve got two factions up currently, the Chapter and the Demons. You can get the starter sets together or separately as different pledge levels. They’ve already made it over their funding goal, with still 27 days left on the clock.
From the campaign: Continue reading